A new chapter began for about 500 students who had registered for part-time, open distance learning (ODL) mode of study at Wawasan Open University in the January 2017 intake.
Many got their first taste of University life when they attended the Orientation organised simultaneously by the Regional Centres in Penang (PGRC), Ipoh (IPRC), Kuala Lumpur (KLRC), Johor Bahru (JBRC) and Kuching (KCRC), today.
Senior academics represented the University at the Orientation to brief the students on WOU’s ODL model and present the Dean’s List awards. Seventy-one students were named to the Dean’s List for academic excellence in the January 2016 semester. There were 25 recipients from PGRC, 23 from KLRC, 14 from JBRC, 6 from KCRC, and 3 from IPRC.
The Dean, Assoc Prof Dr Intan Osman, and Deputy Dean, Prakash Arumugam, of the School of Business & Administration joined the orientation at the Penang main campus. Prakash highlighted the important online links, namely the student portal, learning management system (LMS), online assignment submission system, MyEnrolment, Turnitin, and MyLibrary.
The orientation at the other locations were participated by School of Education, Languages & Communications Dean Prof Santhiram Raman (IPRC), School of Science & Technology Dean Associate Prof Dr Wendy Bong Chin Wei (KLRC), along with the School of Humanities & Social Sciences Dean Dr Nagarajan Subramaniam (KCRC) and Deputy Dean Jasmine Emmanuel (JBRC).
The orientation also served as the platform to recognise four Star Ambassadors - Phang Li Shing and Ho Zi Xuan from PGRC and Amirta Raj Manickam and Sivanesvaran Krishnaswami from KLRC – for referring three or more people to study at WOU during the July 2016 intake. They were each rewarded with a certificate and shopping vouchers worth RM200 under the WOU Friends & Family Programme.
Meanwhile at IPRC, pre-school teacher Jennifer Alberto, who enrolled for the newly-introduced Diploma in Early Childhood Education, led the freshmen in reciting the students’ pledge. This was followed by WOU’s Marketing & Admissions Executive Robert Ooi Teik Leng, who graduated at the recent Convocation ceremony, sharing his experiences on student life. He is presently continuing with his Master of Education at WOU.
At KLRC, close to 100 registered students turned up for orientation. Acting Head, Roshini Jesselyn Ramesh Chandru, welcomed the students, while Deva Guru Kurupatham, who is pursuing the Commonwealth Executive MBA programme, offered pointers on how to manage their study. Freshman Tengku Ahmad Faizul, who is embarking on his Bachelor of Management (Hons) with Psychology programme, led in the oath-taking.
The new students were excited and glad to receive a first-hand demonstration of the University’s LMS, WawasanLearn, and on accessing the student portal and other online support.
The half-day event ended on a fun note with a treasure hunt complete with prizes to acquaint the new students with the facilities and services available.